NASA Releases New Photosynth Collection of Endeavour
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Microsoft Live Labs, Redmond, Wash.
August 22, 2007
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA has released a compilation of a large number of photographs taken during space shuttle Endeavour’s flight to the International Space Station, showing a 3-D view of Endeavour's thermal protection tiles while in orbit.
The images were taken from the International Space Station (ISS) during an inspection of the shuttle prior to docking with the station. These images were used by shuttle mission managers and engineers to help assess any possible heat shield damage from lift-off, including the small gouge in a tile located on the shuttle's belly. Using Photosynth, a photo-imaging technology developed by Microsoft Live Labs, Redmond, Wash., the images taken by the space station crew were combined and arranged spatially to give viewers the sensation of smoothly gliding beneath Endeavour.
The NASA Photosynth collection also includes images of the Endeavour on the launch pad and surrounding Kennedy Space Center facilities and the return of the space shuttle Atlantis to the Kennedy Shuttle Landing Facility from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in July. NASA and Microsoft Live Labs developed these 3-D environments using hundreds of standard digital images that can be navigated and explored in a highly intuitive manner.
The Endeavour images and the entire NASA collection can be viewed at:
Space shuttle Endeavour’s astronauts wrapped up their successful STS-118 mission Tuesday with a landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla. For more information, visit:
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